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You have wisdom to share with the whole world about the value of spiritual direction. Throughout this anniversary year, we encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question. We are listening. Before 31 January, we want to know:

How has receiving and offering spiritual guidance been a gift in your life? Share your thoughts now.

Presence journal

Did you get a new insight from an article or a poem in Presence? Write a letter to the editor, and share your new knowledge with the rest of the community. Send your thoughts to


We were saddened to learn that Susan Snyder Jorgensen, the founding editor of Presence journal, passed away on 29 December 2014. We extend prayers and comfort to Susan's family, friends, and spiritual seekers she has accompanied, and especially to the editorial team with whom she worked to bring the first issues of Presence to life. We have created a memoriam page for her where you can share your own special tribute. May Susan’s memory be a blessing.

Two Featured Resources

Do you need fresh ideas and contemplative suggestions to offer the people you journey alongside? Each month, we feature a resource you can incorporate in your ministry and service. We will help you identify who might benefit from each enlightening and meaningful tool.

  1. Do you know seekers who doubt their mystical experience?
  2. Are you curious what it would have been like to have Thomas Merton as a spiritual director?
  3. What is it like to offer spiritual direction to someone who longs to move from an intellectual understanding of God to a heart-felt experience of God?

Learn from this engaging conversation between James Finley, PhD, and Christopher McCauley.

James Finley, PhD, is a Thomas Merton scholar and contemplative retreat leader. Thomas Merton served as Finley’s spiritual director. With the anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth on 31 January, we can’t think of a better time to learn from his wisdom!

Christopher McCauley was the executive director at Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality in Pasadena, California, USA. He is a spiritual director, leads retreats and pilgrimages around the world, and has previously
       served as the chair of the SDI coordinating council.


The newly revised Guidelines for Ethical Conduct is now available for free download in Spanish! In order to serve our international community, the Guidelines have been translated into Korean and Spanish. Stay tuned for more translations.

Thank you to Mary Ann Clifford, RSM; Mayra Casas Hall; Corrie Koopman; Terrence J. Moran, CSSR; María Cristina Patrone, RSM; and Lucía Pérez for their work making the Spanish Guidelines for Ethical Conduct possible.


Three Contemplative Learning Opportunities

Fewer than two weeks remain to take advantage of early bird rates for the 2015 Emerging Wisdom educational events! Register before 15 January and receive a USD$100 discount. You won't want to miss this incredible experience as we celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Spiritual Directors International and the hundredth anniversary of Thomas Merton's birth. Register now!



Are you curious why people from many spiritual traditions find significance in making a pilgrimage? What is the value of spiritual companionship during and after pilgrimage? Are you interested in making a pilgrimage, but don’t know how to start? Join us for the SDI Webinar: Pilgrimage Home: Stepping into Transformation, Celebrating the Journey.



Do you wonder how to bring sacred humor into you spiritual life? Are you searching for a deeper understanding of yourself and the issues at the heart of your spiritual quest? Join Jamal Rahman for the SDI Webinar: Sacred Laughter of the Sufis.





Trivia Question

This month's contest has concluded. Congratulations to Bonnie Burton Nalley on winning a copy of Out of Darkness, Into Light, and SDI imprint book. Check back in February for another chance to win!

Question: Name two members of the founding coordinating council of Spiritual Directors International (HINT: dig around the website for some clues!)

Answer Janet Ruffing, RSM; Gerald May, MD; Lucy Abbott-Tucker; Donald Schell; and  Mary Ann Scofield, RSM.

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